2017 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Perrières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1401155 94 points Decanter

 Very poor stony, chalky, soils are the source of this 0.6ha parcel close the town's famous quarry. This has quite a bit of sweet, aromatic oak, but it's balanced by flavours of strawberry and watermelon, fine-grained tannins and a refreshing, limestone-influenced finish. (TA)  (11/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aromas of cassis, plums, grilled squab and rich soil tones, elegantly framed by new wood, introduce the 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières, a medium to full-bodied wine that's firmer and more tensile in profile, with a deep core of sappy fruit, structured around fine-grained, chalky tannins that assert themselves on the long finish. This was a little less put together than some of Chevillon's 2017s when I tasted it, but its excellent potential is impossible to miss. (WK)  (1/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 It is such an embarrassment of riches in the Chevillon cellars in 2017! The Perrières is an absolutely classic example of this fine premier cru, offering up a red fruity nose of red plums, cherries, a touch of pomegranate, stony soil tones, pigeon, raw cocoa, roses and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and rock solid at the core, with great backend mineral drive, fine focus and grip, ripe tannins and a very long, very refined and promising finish. Great juice. 2027-2065.  (1/2019)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is at once elegant and earthy with its mix of red cherry, violet, anise and wisp of forest floor. There is a bit more volume to the vibrant, pure and seductive medium-bodied flavors that aren't quite as powerful but even longer on the firmly structured and dusty finish. Despite the seductive mid-palate, the imposing tannic spine makes it clear that this is going to need at least some cellaring.  (1/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Perrières 1er Cru has a more compact bouquet compared to the Les Bousselots, very focused and precise and natural in style; a faint oyster shell scent percolates through the dark berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, hints of Moroccan spice and leather, lovely cohesion and just a hint of dark chocolate toward the finish. Excellent. (NM)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: "Medium dense purple, gorgeous nose, as bounding as Bousselots but with more steel. A few tannins behind but the quality and volume of the fruit denies austerity. A few black notes creeping in, perhaps some sweet blueberries. Very attractive." (1/2019)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.